Xiaomi launched a new line-up of flagship killers containing three of the most affordable flagship smartphones in the world. We are talking about the K40 series composed of the Redmi K40, the Redmi K40 Pro, and the Redmi K40 Pro+. All of these phones were launched in the Chinese market with incredibly affordable prices and an incredibly high value for money. But which differences you get between each variant and which one is worth buying in 2021? It is not an easy question, especially for those who do not know all the specifications of these phones in detail. This is a comparison between the specifications of Redmi K40, K40 Pro, and K40 Pro Plus which will shed some light.
|Xiaomi Redmi K40||Xiaomi Redmi K40 Pro||Xiaomi Redmi K40 Pro Plus|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8 mm, 196 grams||163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8 mm, 196 grams||163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8 mm, 196 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), Super AMOLED||6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), Super AMOLED||6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), Super AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 870G, octa-core 3.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz|
|MEMORY||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB||6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB||12 GB RAM, 256 GB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 11, MIUI||Android 11, MIUI||Android 11, MIUI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS|
|CAMERA|| Triple 48 + 8 + 5 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.2
20 MP front camera
|Triple 64 + 8 + 5 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.2
20 MP front camera
|Triple 108 + 8 + 5 MP, f/1.8 + f/2.2
20 MP front camera
|BATTERY||4520 mAh, fast charging 33W||4520 mAh, fast charging 33W||4520 mAh, fast charging 33W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, 5G||Dual SIM slot, 5G||Dual SIM slot, 5G|
You do not have to make a choice when it comes to the design, since the Redmi K40, the Redmi K40 Pro, and the Redmi K40 Pro Plus have exactly the same aesthetics. They come with a punch-hole display with a hole placed at the center, a camera module similar to the one of the Xiaomi Mi 11, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner despite they come with an OLED display. They are pretty thin with their 7.8-mm thickness and they all weigh 196 grams. All the phones are available in three color v ariants: Black, White, and Aurora. The Aurora version is a gradient color variant. Note that Redmi K40 Pro and K40 Pro Plus have the IP53 certification providing protection against splashes and dust, while the vanilla Redmi K40 does not.
Just like the design, even the display of the Redmi K40, K40 Pro and K40 Pro Plus is exactly the same. These phones share a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with a Full HD+ resolution, a 120 Hz refresh rate, the HDR10+ certification, and a peak brightness of 1300 nits. We are talking about amazing displays, not the best ever, but very nice panels. And in each case, you get the Gorilla Glass 5 protection: again, not the best, but it is good protection for a smartphone glass. The display is flat and provides a screen-to-body ratio superior to 85 percent.
The hardware department is where the differences between these three handsets start to surface. While the Redmi K40 Pro and the Redmi K40 Plus are powered by the top-tier Snapdragon 888 mobile platform, the vanilla Redmi K40 is based on the lower-end Snapdragon 870 which is actually an upgrade of the Snapdragon 865+. In each case, you get flagship-class performance, but the Snapdragon 888 is actually better than the Snapdragon 870 from every point of view. Between Redmi K40 Pro and K40 Pro Plus, the difference is the memory configuration: the former offers 8 GB of RAM (there is a 6 GB RAM version of the K40 Pro as well), while the latter has 12 GB of RAM.
Redmi K40, K40 Pro, and K40 Plus have the same camera setups with the exception of the main re ar camera sensor which is also the most important one. The Redmi K40 has a 48 MP main camera, the K40 Pro has a 64 MP sensor that sits in the middle, and the Redmi K40 Plus sports a great 108 MP main sensor. Naturally, the best one is the Redmi K40 Plus since the 108 MP camera is able to provide better photo quality and a higher level of detail. But you should not think that Redmi K40 Pro Plus is a top camera phone just because of that sensor. It lacks OIS, a telephoto sensor, a periscopic sensor, and more features you can usually find on the best camera phones out there.
Redmi K40, Redmi K40 Pro, and Redmi K40 Plus have the same battery with a capacity of 4520 mAh and they even share the same 33W fast charging technology. The 4520 mAh battery should allow good battery life to everyone, but given that the phones just went official, no one had the chance to test it.
Redmi K40, K40 Pro and Pro+: Price
Redmi K40 has a starting price tag of about €255/$310 in China, Redmi K40 Pro starts from €360/$434 for the configuration with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, and Redmi K40 Plus costs €475/$573. At the moment, the phones are only available in the Chinese market. It is rumored that the series will hit the global market under the POCO brand. The best one is obviously the Redmi K40 Plus , but if you do not need that 108 MP camera, the Redmi K40 Pro is definitely enough for your needs. With the Redmi K40, you get a slightly inferior chipset and camera, but also a very affordable price.
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- More affordable
- Same display as the other variants
- Same battery
- Inferior processor
- Best quality price ratio
- Everything like the Pro+ except camera and RAM
- IP53 certification
- Nothing particular
- Best rear camera
- More RAM
- Interesting color variant
- IP53 certification
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